The government has launched a live “tail plotter” to give people an idea of how long they will have to wait to pay their respects to the queen while in the state.
Tens of thousands came to London for a chance to see Her Majesty’s coffin before Monday’s funeral, with mourners lining up all night.
Mourners were prevented from joining the queue at 11:35 am on Friday morning at the entrance to Southwark Park due to overwhelming demand. Visitors could start queuing again later in the day.
Officials were preparing for the queue, which could extend up to ten miles, from the Palace of Westminster into Southwark Park, near Bermondsey.
The tracker, created by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, and posted on YouTube, showed that the queue was in Southwick Park on Saturday and the waiting time was 16 hours.
In addition to real-time queue updates, a three-word tag is assigned to the exact location where the queue ends, which people can link to the third-party What 3 Words app to locate the end of the queue on a map.
However, some mourners initially reported that this meant that the government locator showed them locations as far as California, North Carolina, and Slough.
According to the Telegraph, this was due to the fact that the three words were initially typed manually, leading to some errors in the positions. They are now reportedly done automatically to avoid errors.
The official guide has warned those who want to pay homage that they could wait for hours with little chance of rest.
Queen Elizabeth II – Thousands of people line up to see the Queen reclining in the state
Visitors are required to go through airport-style security before entering Westminster Hall and only small bags are allowed inside.
Public toilets, clean water, and first aid stations are provided at designated locations along the queue route, and the police can conduct security searches along the way.
The guide advises mourners to dress appropriately to show respect to the late queen and to keep quiet inside Westminster Hall. Phones should also be turned off.
For those unable to pay their respects in person, broadcasters, including the BBC, are broadcasting a 24-hour stream from inside the Queen’s State Palace of Westminster, which runs until 6:30 am Monday.